Season Of The Witch
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The production is very good with the filth and squalor of the 14th century well represented. The costumes were thoughtfully designed and the special effects are very effective and the makeup used for plague victims was very effective. Nicolas Cage turns in a good but not overly convincing performance; Ron Perlman is easier to see in the role of a crusader. Stephen Campbell Moore (from the Bank Job) does a convincing job playing the priest Debelzag who is determined to see the witch gets her trial. The film has some suspenseful movements, such as when the witch calls up wolves to attack her escort. However, much of the film, such as when the wagon with the imprisoned witch has to cross a crumbling wooden bridge, is predictable. The film is worth seeing if you like B movies and are in the mood.
Weird things happen along the way as we suspect the girl really is a witch. The Cardinal had a very distinguished voice, which can be no one other than Christopher Lee, whose career has gone down hill since he was locked away in a Tower. The special effects were good, but the plot lacked. The ending of the story was all wrong and should have related more to the initial 1235 A.D. scene. The guide, who was a colorful character was severely under utilized. They could of had a few stories about how he forged artifacts, or how many of the same church relic he sold. They did not. Kid friendly film in that there is no nudity, sex, or f-bombs.
I felt the story was very good, and it had a few twists and turns, nothing huge but if you allowed yourself to buy in to the world of the movie, they present some good ethical dilemmas that the characters have to deal with. Unlike many sword and sandal movies here you are never completely comfortable with who you are supposed to root for or what the correct moral viewpoint is. In the end, they explain things with a nice little twist that sets you up for a second viewing of the film.
Honestly, the look of the film and the locations are top shelf. The much maligned CGI works serviceably throughout the film until the end, where it does fall short in presenting the malice and impact of the final villain. I enjoyed the look of the beginning of the film and the crusades, and the dark muddy look of Europe upon the characters return. The locations in the middle of the movie are magnificent and epic, sweepingly filmed with very good cinematography.
The music it terrific and raises the entire level of the production. The music is epic, exciting, and some of the better I have heard.
The acting is good, there are a few awkward exchanged here and there but overall everyone does a fine job. The standout performance is that of the actress playing the imprisoned witch, her performance is layered, complex, malevolent, innocent, evil, honest, creepy, blameless, and any other acronym you want.Read more ›
But I am not a God-fearing man, and so, despite the advice of my friends, despite the admonitions of the critics, despite the wind and the cold and the rain, despite even the divine hand of God himself, I rose from the beanbag chair that was my bed and journeyed forth toward almost certain disappointment. After all, if The Last Airbender, a memory better left forgotten, had received a 7%, what hope did Season of the Witch have? I met Dphil, the intrepid friend, at the gates and handed my ticket to the clerk, who, with his snarling remarks, unkempt hair, and bared teeth, could have (save for the two missing heads) passed for the guardian Cerberus. My companion and I took our seats and surveyed the scene. I have to be honest with you here.Read more ›
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Very dated CGI and pretty cliché narrative. Some nice atmosphere though.Published 14 days ago by T. Finch
Nick Cage movies are always good and this one is Really Good ! Highly Recomended Fright Night Flick !Published 19 days ago by Block-HD
Good sets, locations, wardrobes, characters, pacing, makeup. The list goes on, with noteworthy details all over the place. The performances were good. Read morePublished 25 days ago by awakeneddragon